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“Battle of the Titans: Spin vs Pace

spin vs pace comparison of Indian bowlers

Who Hold the Key? Spin vs Pace

Indian cricket lovers don’t just watch the game; they live it, breathe it, and feel it in every heartbeat.  Spin vs Pace, a discussion starts from office to family gatherings, cricket unites the nation in conversations that range from stats to strategies, spin vs pace and many more.

So, we win a match not only with bat but with ball as well. Thus we are going to discuss spin vs pace in today’s blog.

Comparing India’s spin bowlers with their fast bowlers is a complex task as it involves different eras, playing conditions, and individual skills. Let’s have a general overview of the strengths and characteristics of both categories of bowlers.

Spin vs Pace is a kind of never-ending topic, who is the best between them is not easy to say. We will start with spin bowlers, their skills and their variety.

Over the years, India has produced legendary spinners like Bishan Singh Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and more recently, Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. These spinners are known for their ability to extract turn and bounce from the pitches.

But we have to accept that Spinners have traditionally enjoyed success in subcontinental conditions where the pitches tend to offer more assistance to spin. Indian spinners always make it challenging for visiting teams to deal with their spin prowess.

We can not forget the world record of 10 wickets in an inning which is done by an Indian Spinner Anil Kumble. And if we have a look on 400 plus wicket taker Indian bowlers list then we found three bowlers are spinners out of four bowlers in that list

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Spin Vs Pace is always a matter of discussion among many cricket lovers at the end of the match. They keep talking that ” yahan pe spin attack ko lana chahiye tha ya phir ye over pace bowler ko dena chahiye tha.”

Now before we Jump into the skills and caliber of a pace bowler, let’s have a look of these records taken by Indian Spin attackers.

The four spinners, home and away from 1980s
Bowler Home – Tests Wickets Average Away – Tests Wickets Average
Bishan Bedi 30 137 23.99 37 129 33.72
BS Chandrasekhar 32 142 27.69 26 100 32.66
Erapalli Prasanna 22 95 26.94 27 94 33.85
S Venkataraghavan 32 94 30.64 25 62 44.40


spin vs pace comparison of Indian bowlers

India’s top spinner since 1980s

India was never known for its pace attack. Though India has Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath but still this duo was not a kind of ferocious bowler. If we ever talk about India’s pace bowler.

In the past, the likes of Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath brought pace and swing to the Indian bowling attack. For past few years, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami have added a new dimension to Indian fast bowling. then Jasprit Bumrah stand-alone from all the pace bowlers of India.

Indian fast bowlers have shown good results in the recent past at home and away as well. Unlike spinners who often excel at home, Indian fast bowlers have started performing remarkably well in overseas conditions too.

The current crop of fast bowlers has shown the ability to extract bounce and movement from pitches abroad, making them a potent force in all conditions.

The new generation of fast bowlers are versatile as well. The modern Indian fast bowlers are versatile in their approach, being able to adapt their game to different formats. They can bowl with the new ball, old ball, and are effective in both red-ball and white-ball cricket.

“Lions at home and lambs abroad.”  This is what we use to describe Indian Test team for a long time.  India was almost invincible at home but hardly won abroad. But days are gone when other teams used to take Indian fast bowlers lightly.

Who is best among Spin Vs Pace is still a hot discussion but we have to believe that with the beginning of Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan , who were exceptionally good at reverse swing, India started their wins overseas and the job was perfectly followed by Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.




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